DR James Parker

DR James Parker


  • Academic, Law
  • Evidence
  • International Criminal Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Music
  • Law and Society
  • Law and Sound
  • Legal Aesthetics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sound Studies



  • James Parker is the Director of a research program on Law, Sound and the International at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (IILAH). His research focuses on the relations between law, sound and listening, with a particular emphasis on international criminal law, the law of war and privacy. In 2017, James’ monograph Acoustic Jurisprudence: Listening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi (OUP 2015) was awarded the Penny Pether Prize (ECR) for scholarship in law, literature and the humanities. He has been a visiting fellow at the Program for Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School for Government, a faculty member at the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, and is an associate curator at Liquid Architecture, an Australian organisation for artists working with sound.

    James’ published research includes a book exploring the trial of Simon Bikindi, who was accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda of inciting genocide with his songs, articles and book chapters on the judicial soundscape, the gavel and the weaponisation of sound. He is currently working on the socio-legal history of eavesdropping and putting together an edited collection entitled Acoustic Justice.

    James teaches across evidence, criminal law, legal theory, ethics and STS, in both the JD and Masters programs. He has an interest in legal pedagogy and has both spoken and published on the topic. James also supervises doctoral students and welcomes research proposals from students interested in pursuing critical and theoretical projects concerning law’s many relations to sound or listening, legal aesthetics, the courtroom, evidence and forensics, science and technology, surveillance and contemporary warfare.

    James has provided commentary for the ABC, BBC and CNN, amongst others, on controversies including police use of the Long Range Acoustic Device and the alleged ‘sonic   


Member of

  • JOLT arts. Board Member, JOLT arts 2017 -
  • Liquid Architecture. Associate Curator 2017 -
  • Law, Literature and Humanities Associtation of Australasia. Committee Member and Web Officer 2016 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • ECR Grant (University of Melbourne, 2015)
    Engagement Grant (GLAM) (University of Melbourne, 2017)
    Australia Council for the Arts Projects Funding (w Liquid Architecture, 2017)
    MacGeorge Fellowship (w the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 2018)
    City of Melbourne Triennial Funding (w Liquid Architecture, 2018)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • LLM, McGill University 2008
  • BA (LAW), University of Oxford 2005

Awards and honors

  • Penny Pether Prize for Scholarship in Law, Literature and the Humanities (ECR), The Law, Literature & the Humanities Association of Australasia, 2017


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am particularly interested in supervising students working at the intersections of law, sound, music and audio technology. However, I would also welcome students with an interest in evidence, legal aesthetics, language, art, STS, or more general questions of jurisprudence.